The grasses are ripe and hard in the month of July. It is a time of harvest and fruit. July and August are the months of harvesting wild fruits and vegetables. For example, blackberries can easily be found on the edges of urban settlements, in forests, in fields and meadows, and along rivers and streams. Then you can pick wild strawberries, wild cherries, raspberries, blueberries, black berries and red mountain elderberries, currants. At the end of summer, pomegranate, cranberry and dogwood arrive. The ripening time of this fruit depends on the altitude. For example, during May, wild strawberries are harvested in the lowlands, while in September they are harvested in the high mountains. People who often stay in nature or on mountains, rivers, lakes have the opportunity to harvest wild fruits and vegetables. The rest can always be processed into delicious jams, juices or frozen and kept in the refrigerator for later use. Wild fruits and vegetables can be dried and later used for soups, stews, teas, cakes, and other desserts.
Wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca) – grows in light forests, clearings, along forest roads, under ferns, in the grass among the rocks, on hills and mountains up to 1500 meters above sea level. It is used to strengthen the work of the heart, kidneys, nervous exhaustion, weakness, anemia and chronic constipation. The famous naturalist Karl Line treated severe arthritis attacks with daily portions of wild strawberries. Wild strawberries can be dried in the hot sun or in the oven at a temperature of 40 ° C. Dried wild strawberries are given to various tea blends.
Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a noble and modest fruit that also grows on windy heights. Dark blue beans ripen in July and August. They contain sugar, citric and malic acid, vitamins and minerals. Fresh blueberries and blueberry juice and wine are used to boost immunity, treat anemia, recover from illness. The dark blue color of the fruit is a powerful antibacterial agent. Improves eyesight.
Drink with honey: whisk half a liter of yogurt with 100 grams of blueberries and one tablespoon of honey. Pour into glasses. Garnish with fresh blueberries.
Wild strawberry and blueberry soup: mix half a liter of sour milk with a cup of sweet milk and grated lemon peel. Pour ¼ kg of blueberries and ¼ kg of wild strawberries into the mixture. Fry 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal on a tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and wait for the sugar to melt in the pan. Stir in the broth.
Puff pastry with blueberries: roll out the puff pastry into thin crusts or buy ready-made pie crusts. Take 3 crusts and sprinkle with a little oil and water. Pour 3-4 handfuls of fresh blueberries on the top crust. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Add semolina or bread crumbs to absorb the fruit juice during baking. Bend the crusts and arrange them in a pan. Coat the back crust with water and oil. Bake for half an hour at 180 ° C.
Wild cherry (Prunus Avium) is a tree that loves the freshness of mountain habitats. It is a wild tree represented throughout Eurasia. Mountain cherry is popular all over Japan. The mountain cherry blossom in Japan symbolizes the natural expression of beauty in its purest form. The mountain cherry blossom in Japan is a symbol of fragility, purity and transience of life. The fruits of the wild cherry ripen in July and August depending on the location and height of the habitat. Ripe cherries have a sour-sweet bitter taste. They are used to make cakes with dark chocolate, unusual dishes and spicy sauces. Wild cherries go well with cherries. The fruits facilitate digestion and excretion of harmful substances from the body. The young leaves are rich in vitamin C so they can be added to salads or for tea. This tea is a particularly good drink for rinsing the throat and oral cavity. The Japanese respect cherry blossom tea as a symbol of happiness and serve it at wedding ceremonies.
Dogwood (Cornus mas) – the homeland of dogwood is southern and central Europe. This tall shrub or tree grows on sunny and often rocky slopes or oak forests. The fruits of dogwood have a flaming red color. Dogwood is a fruit of late summer. It contains sugar, vitamin C, pectin and harsh substances that are good for the intestinal mucosa. Dogwood is used for fruit salads, teas, jams and cakes. Only a ripe and still hard dogwood can be left salted for the winter.